On the 29th of June, Metro bus and rail riders gathered outside the
Columbia Heights Metro station to demand an end to fare hikes and
service cuts, and that big developers and businesses that depend on
Metrorail to make their billions pay their fare share of the cost of
keeping the system running. A specific demand was a flat $2 fare for
both bus and rail, and the restoration of late-night service.
Metro's riders were backed by ATU Local 689, which represented
Metro's workers, the folks without which Metro does not run at all.
Without them, and the people who ride on Metro bus and rail, the flow of
money to major shopping areas, lobbyists, and even the big corporate
law firms just stops. Combined Metro's riders and unionized workforce
wield a great deal of power.